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Where can I get a sponsor form from? 

When you submit an online application or return your entry form, an entry pack containing your sponsor form will be emailed or sent out during March/April.

 

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What time do I arrive at my chosen event for?

Please be at the start of your race to register, at the latest, 30 minutes before the start time.

Start times are;

10 mile walk at 8.30am
10 mile run at 10am

  • Starting point - Grass Car Park opposite Shellness Golf Hut. Exact start is opposite hut.
           

2 mile run at 10.30am

  • Starting point - Beach Hotel Minster

 

Please bring your sponsor form with you to hand in at the registration point. It will have your running number on it.

 

 

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What distance is the run?

The run will be over two distances. There will be a 2 mile and 10 mile run.

Please note the 2 mile distance is approximate.

 

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When is the next Island Run?

The date for the next event is provisionally Sunday May 13th 2018.

 

 

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How do I get to the start?

There will be a free bus service to take you to the start of the 10 mile run. The times and pick up points are as follows;

Queenborough Corner 7.45am
Sheerness East Working Man’s Club 8.00am
Sheerness Post Office 8.15am
Minster Working Man’s Club 8.30am
Eastchurch Working Man’s Club 8.45am
Bayview Pub 9.00am

Please note: You can only make use of this service if you book a seat by phoning 07805803379 (available from 1 month before the event). Also times may vary depending on demand. Exact times will be posted on the website and in the local paper (Times Guardian) nearer to the event date.

 

 

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What is the course?

Start:
Grass Car Park opposite Shellness Golf Hut. Exact start is opposite hut.
Follow Shellness Road through Leysdown keeping to main Leysdown Rd.
Pass Merlin night-club
Turn right into Warden Bay Road.
Mile 1: Evangelical Church
Keep to footpath.
Evangelical Church is on opposite side of road. Exact distance is about 30 yards past church.
Continue along Warden Bay Road.
Turn left into road called Beach Approach.
Across a cross roads (Cliff View Gardens)
Take next road right after this crossroads. This is Thorn Hill Road. Thorn Hill Road is a steady climb.
The next mile point is at the high point of this hill.
Mile 2: Hilltop Lodge
When you have reached the top of this hill you will come to Cliff Drive. The House opposite Cliff Drive is a gated property called Hilltop Lodge. This is the exact 2-mile marker. (8 Miles to go)
Carry on unmade road part of Thorn Hill Rd.
A short downhill strip of about 150 yards and then another short climb towards the top of Warden Cliffs.
When you reach the top you swing left along Warden Road pass the Coastguard Cottages.
After about half a mile you reach next mile station.
Mile 3: Wheatsheaf Inn
Wheatsheaf Inn is the next Mile Station but the exact mile marker is about 50 yards passed the inn at a house named Clover Lodge.
Continue along main Warden Road. Do not attempt to go down any minor roads.
Mile 4: Whitehouse Farm
There are two gates to this property.
The exact marker is at the second gate called Whitehouse Farm Lower Gate
Continue down a slight hill towards aT-Junction.
Turn right up Plough Road.
Get yourself ready for a long three quarter mile climb (attack the hill or you will stop to walk)
Passing Connetts Farm and when you are nearly at the top of this hill you come to the next mile marker, which is Redmur Stables.
Mile 5: Redmur Stables (HALFWAY)
Redmur Stables has two gates.
The exact 5-mile marker is at the first gate.
Carry on along Plough Rd. Pass the Caravan Park
A short down hill and then a short climb takes you towards Chequers Rd.
You eventually come to Chequers Rd. (6 Mile Station but not the exact distance) Bear right and join Chequers Rd.
Mile 6: Tadwell Farm
Exact marker is the speed camera sign outside Tadwell Farm
Run along Chequers Rd.
Keep to the public path on the right hand side of road.
As you past the Pub and Garage keep to the path.
Do not run on the road over Chequers Hill it is very dangerous. Traffic cannot see you over the blind hill.
This the last climb.
Continue along Chequers Rd past St George's School and then turn right at Baldwin Road.
Keep going to the end of Baldwin Rd. This takes you on to an unmade section and eventually to a farmer's field.
Go through the gate and run along side of the fence towards the cliff top and sea. Just before you come to the end of the fence you will have reached the 7-mile marker
Mile 7: Cliff Top
The exact marker is 150 yds from the end of the fence.
Continue to the end of the fence and then go straight on to the steps. (Changed in 2017 / same distance as cliff-top run).
Go down the steps to join the Sea Front at the bottom.
Turn left and continue along front until you reach the next mile marker.
Mile 8: Playa
The exact marker lies between the two sets of steps before and up to the Playa Club. The exact point is at a sea front number 334 painted on wall.
From now on keep to the paths close to sea and on sea wall all the way to the finish.
Run along cycle track after reaching White House Inn. Join sea wall again at end of cycle track.
Passing the Catamaran Club and on to Ship on Shore Pub. The Car Park at Ship on Shore is the last Station.
9 Miles: Ship on Shore
The exact mile marker is on the bench seat just past the car park steps (After turning left 90 degrees)
Continue past the Yacht Club and K Casino.
Run along the pathway and over the steps at the end of the terraced houses. On the Sea Wall pass the Catholic Church.
Keep going and you will see the end.

10 Miles: Finish
At the leisure Centre turn left down the slope and to the finish in Beach Street Car Park.

 

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Is there water or refreshments available en route?

Water will be available at 3, 6 and 8 mile markers for the 10 mile run.
Walkers will be able to collect water at the 6 and 8 mile markers
Refreshment bags will be available for all at the finish.
The Beach Hotel is open for anyone to use the facilities either en route or for the start of the 2 mile.

 

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When and where is the Awards Ceremony?

This year we have changed the arrangements due to venue availability issues hence why we presented you with your medals at the end of the race:

If you have won a race or prize for raising the most sponsorship we will contact you regarding the presentation. Trophies will be awarded for first place in all categories.

If you were expecting pay in your sponsor money at an awards ceremony please see the question 'How do I pay my sponsor money' question on this page.

 

 

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Can I leave any belongings at the starting point?

Belongings can be brought from the start to the finish for competitors. However, the organisers, whilst trying to ensure that your belongings stay safe, cannot be held responsible for any items going missing.

 

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What do I do with my sponsor form and monies collected?

Please bring your sponsor form with you on the day of the run to hand in at the registration point. It will have your running number on it.

If you cannot do this please give it to us 18 June 2017

You can do this in a couple of ways:

  • Postal / By hand – Please drop in cash in an envelope / send cheques made out to The Rotary Club of Minster on Sea, to 'The Island Run‘’ C/O Minster Working Men’s Club, Union Rd, Minster, ME12 2HW
  • Postal / By hand – Please drop in cash in an envelope / cheques made out to The Rotary Club of Minster on Sea, to 'The Island Run‘ C/O Balloonatic, 11/13 Russell St., Sheerness, ME12 1PL'
  • By bank transfer to ‘The Rotary Club of Minster on Sea’, Sort Code 20-54-11, Account 23854019. Please add your runner number and surname as the payee reference so we can correctly record your payment
  • If neither of these ways is convenient please contact us through the website and we will sort something out.

 

 

 

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How can I prepare for the run?

Distance Running Tips

Before the Run

  • Properly hydrate yourself: Being hydrated starts a week before the run “Thirsty people feel more pain”. Drink a lot of water. If you are old enough to drink alcohol (!) try not to have more than one pint at a time in the days leading up to the run.  Better still, avoid alcohol completely, since it has a dehydrating effect and can also interfere with your sleep.  Limiting coffee is also a good idea.
  • Eat Sensibly: Eat a diet rich in complex carbohydrates (whole-grain breads, pasta, and cereals).  In the week before the run, about 65-70% of your calories should come from carbs.  NB.  Individuals who have diabetes should never carb load and should consult a dietician for appropriate dietary guidelines.
  • Sleep well on Friday: Sleep generally has a lag time of about 36 hours.  Sleeping poorly two days before the run will be much worse than sleeping poorly the night before. If you do toss and turn on Saturday night do not let it phase you on the starting line. Just remember that you are still ready to go.
  • Footwear and Feet:  Don't wear new shoes on the run. Wear a pair that you have worn frequently (as long as they did not create any problems). Check your toenails and clip any that are too long. Keeping your toenails neat and short will prevent them from hitting the front of your shoes, which can lead to bloody or black toenails.

On the Day

  • Practice starting slow: On race day avoid getting caught up in the excitement and running too fast at the beginning.  If you feel good after the first few miles pick up the pace and try to maintain it.  When you feel fatigued, swing your arms harder to help keep momentum.
  • Hydration:  Drink during the run and don’t wait until you are thirsty, by then it is too late…
  • Crossing the Line:  Finish with a smile on your face. Someone might be taking your photograph…!

After the Run

  • RecoveryGenerally, it takes a minimum of one to two weeks for the body to recover from the strain of running 10 miles. Return to normal training too quickly and you increase your risk of injury.  The determining factor is not how quickly your body recovers, but how quickly your mind recovers.  Olympic champion Frank Shorter expresses it well when he says "You’re not ready to run another marathon until you’ve forgotten the last one."
  • Refuel:  Replenish carbohydrates. There is a 2-hour window following a hard effort, during which absorption of carbohydrates may be enhanced. If you can't eat them, then drink them. A little protein mixed in, improves recovery. Do not choose anything extremely high in sugar or fat, it will cause stomach upset.
  • Training:  The training you do in the three weeks following the run should be a near mirror of what you did the last three weeks before.  Your eating after the run should also mirror your eating before, since a diet high in carbohydrates can help refuel your muscles as well as fuel them.

To enjoy the run and fully reap the rewards of such physical effort, be a good scout and:

Be Prepared!!

 

Information compiled from a variety of websites: Rediff.com, About.com, Cleveland Clinic, Hal Higdon, Run to win.com

 

 

I posted/handed/submitted in my entry form but have not received my sponsor form yet.

If you do not receive your entry pack in time for the run. Do not worry. Turn up on the day (allow extra time please) with a completed entry form (download one here) and you can register then. Sponsor money can be collected after and handed in anytime before the Awards Evening.

If you handed in your entry form at a school then your entry pack (including your sponsor form) can be collected from the Island Run representative on site. Please check at the school reception.

If you tried to submit your online entry form after the cut-off date - turn up on the day (allow extra time please) with a completed entry form (download one here) and you can register then.

If you still have concerns please call 07805803379.

 


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How can I get an entry form?

 

You can download one by clicking here.

 


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How do I pay in my sponsor money?

You can do this in a couple of ways:

  • Postal / By hand – Please drop in cash in an envelope / send cheques made out to The Rotary Club of Minster on Sea, to 'The Island Run‘’ C/O Minster Working Men’s Club, Union Rd, Minster, ME12 2HW
  • Postal / By hand – Please drop in cash in an envelope / cheques made out to The Rotary Club of Minster on Sea, to 'The Island Run‘ C/O Balloonatic, 11/13 Russell St., Sheerness, ME12 1PL'
  • By bank transfer to ‘The Rotary Club of Minster on Sea’, Sort Code 20-54-11, Account 23854019. Please add your runner number and surname as the payee reference so we can correctly record your payment
  • If neither of these ways is convenient please contact us through the website and we will sort something out.

Please make cheques payable to The Rotary Club of Minster on Sea.

We would be grateful if you would please give us any outstanding monies by 18 June 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Why aren't the medals handed out at the finish?

We do not ask for an entry fee before the event. Therefore we need to ensure sponsor money is received before medals are handed out. Having the Presentation Evening a few weeks after the event allows time for participants to collect their sponsor money in.

If you are unable to attend the evening you can send us a SAE (for large letter) and we will be pleased to send your medal to you.

 

 

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How much does it cost to take part?

Entry is by sponsorship only.
A minimum of 5 for the 2 mile event and 10 for the 10 mile event.
All proceeds will go towards supporting Island charitable needs and the Paul Trigwell Memorial Fund.
Certificates will be issued to the ten individuals who raise the most sponsorship and a prize awarded to the individual who raises the most sponsor money.

 

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